Reception for Foreign Lawyers and Law Students and Annual Meeting

  • 05:30 PM
  • University of Washington School of Law, William Gates Hall

When: Friday, September 25, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

What: This is a combination of two very popular events: our annual fall reception where you’ll have the opportunity to network with foreign lawyers and JD, LLM and PhD students from over 25 countries focusing their studies on international law and, of course, your fellow section members coming from a broad range of international practices.  You’ll also have the opportunity to serve as a mentor if you’re interested.  We’ll also kick off our programming with a brief annual meeting electing the officers and members of the executive committee and previewing the great year to come!

Where: University of Washington School of Law, William Gates Hall, outdoor terrace (if it rains, it will be inside in Room 115).  For a UW map, see  Using Google maps, the address is 4293 Memorial Way NE, Seattle WA.

●    Section Members – Free!
●    Foreign Lawyers – Free!
●    Law Students studying International Law – Free!
●    Non- Section Members – $40.00 for non-section members (i.e., join the International Practice Section for $40, and your entrance to the event is free)

Food and Drink: Hosted refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

RSVP to attend the event by September 18th to:

RSVP to be a Mentor to a Foreign Lawyer / Law Student by September 18th to: providing the following information:
●    Name
●    Cell Phone #
●    Company or employer
●    Area of practice
●    Any other relevant information

You will receive an e-mail from Monica Sham, our Mentorship Chair, introducing you to your mentee.  After that, it’s in your hands to build a great mentorship.

What is the Foreign Lawyer / Law Student Mentor Program?  The Section has sponsored the Foreign Lawyer / Law Student Mentor Program for many years.  It pairs local lawyers whose practices involve international law with foreign lawyers and law students who are studying for a JD, LLM, or PhD or are visiting scholars at the University of Washington, Seattle University, or Gonzaga University law schools.  In addition to fostering business relationships and networking opportunities, the program affords local practitioners and foreign lawyers/law students the opportunity to learn about the other person’s practice interests.

Why should I be a Mentor?  The Mentor Program is an opportunity to make a meaningful connection.  The foreign lawyer/law student participants tend to be motivated, high achievers who already have or are striving for positions with leading companies, law firms and government agencies, and are pursuing degrees at US law schools in order to advance their careers.  You will not only build a valuable relationship, you’ll also be giving back to the international and local legal communities.

What will My Responsibilities be as a Mentor?  The program kicks off with the Foreign Lawyer/Law Student Reception.  We will pair up mentors and mentees, and all mentors/mentees are invited to attend the reception free of charge.  You will need to meet at least once for lunch, drinks, dinner or whatever you prefer.  After that, the professional relationship is left to each mentor and mentee, though we encourage you to arrange further meetings and introduce them to other students, colleagues and practitioners whose practices they might find interesting.


Annual Meeting of International Practice Section: will include the election of officers as well as four positions on the executive committee.  The following is a list of nominees selected by the nominating committee and approved by the executive committee for nomination:

Officer Positions and Names of Nominees up for Election (one year terms):

Chair:                                               Fraser Mendel

Chair-Elect:                                      Bernard Shen

Immediate Past Chair:                     Jim Clack

Secretary/Treasurer:                        Leonid Kisselev

Communications Chair:                    Eriko (Elly) Baxter

Executive Committee Positions, Terms and Names of Nominees up for Election:

Position #1 (to 2018):                       Joaquin Hernandez (replacing Monica Langfeldt, whose term expired)

Position #2 (to 2018):                       Linda Chu (replacing Matthew Dresden, whose term expired)

Position #3 (to 2016):                       Carly Chan (replacing Bernard Shen, who has been nominated as Chair-Elect, for the remainder of his unexpired term)

Position #4 (to 2016):                       Matthew Dresden (replacing Bonnie Wasser for the remainder of her unexpired term)

Executive Committee Positions, Terms and Names of Members Whose Terms are not Expiring:

Position #5 (to 2017):                       Megan Fouty

Position #6 (to 2017):                       Holly Vance


Directions, Transportation and Parking:

Driving a car or riding a motorcycle:  enter the UW campus from the North Entrance (intersection of NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE):

●    From I-5: take Exit 169 to NE 45th Street. Travel east on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE. Turn right and head south on 17th Avenue NE (which becomes Memorial Way NE on the UW Campus).
●    From Highway 520: exit north onto Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left onto NE Pacific Street.  Turn right and head north on 15th Avenue NE. Turn right and head east on NE 45th Street. Take your next right and head south on 17th Avenue NE (which becomes Memorial Way NE on the UW Campus).
●    Ask the gate attendant for a parking pass in a parking lot near the law school (N1, N4 or N5); cost is $5 after 5:00 p.m.

Riding a Bike: free parking racks are available next to the law school building.

Riding a Bus: scroll down and click on the University District tab in this website for Bus Routes to the UW:

The International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar: founded in 1984, the Section has a broad focus on international law, custom and practice and includes members who focus on international transactions, litigation and arbitration, immigration, labor and employment, export control, regulatory compliance, tax, foreign investment, intellectual property, foreign aid, human rights and public interest.  Our members come from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and practices including practitioners at large, medium and small firms, in-house counsel, and counsel at various government agencies and non-profit organizations, as well as foreign lawyers, professors, internationally-focused law students, judges and those intellectually interested in international law and custom.   


We look forward to seeing you on September 25th!